Post-doctoral researcher, Southampton Solent University

I am a sociologist of work, and am particularly interested in what work means to people, how this changes over the lifecourse, and inequalities in people's experiences of work.

My PhD looked at how Welsh coalmining communities had responded to the labour market restructuring which followed the 1984/85 Miners' Strike, and prompted a long-standing interest in occupational attachments and how these shift and interact with unpaid work. In the 2000s I worked in the Employment Group at the Policy Studies Institute, focusing on disadvantage and evaluations of labour market programmes.

I am currently researching flexible working in later life from an employer perspective, and developing research interests around the work of blogging.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Gerontology, University of Southampton


  • 2000 
    University of Southampton, PhD Sociology